November 10, 2021

Overseas Nursing degree: The “how to” Australian registration

To be entitled to work as a Nurse, Enrolled Nurse, or Midwife in Australia, professionals need to apply for and be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). 

Although the registration process is pretty straightforward for Australian graduates of Nursing, it might get a bit more challenging if you have gained your skills overseas and your degree wasn’t attained at an Australian registered training organization (RTO). Some people find that completing an Australian degree has more benefits than getting registration as an internationally qualified nurse since studying locally helps with adaptation, understanding local working culture and processes, and, at the same time, is the best chance to shoot down any language barriers by learning in English from day 1.

Nonetheless, for those that still prefer validating their international qualifications, there is a path indeed to get it sorted.

According to NMBA, the New Nursing Registration process comprises of 7 steps:

1Self Check

If you are an internationally qualified nurse or midwife (IQNM) who wishes to register in Australia, you will need to complete the Self-check before applying for registration. This is an online check where you will need to enter your qualification information into the Self-check. Based on your qualification you will be assigned to one of three streams for registration.

The three streams are:

  • Stream A – IQNMs who hold a qualification considered to be substantially equivalent, or based on similar competencies, to an approved qualification
  • Stream B – IQNMs who hold a qualification that is relevant to the profession, but is not substantially equivalent, nor based on similar competencies to an approved qualification
  • Stream C – IQNMs who hold a qualification that is not substantially equivalent or relevant to an approved qualification


2IQNM Assessment Process

Only if you were successful on your self-check you will be able to proceed in the IQNM assessment process. AHPRA will now check the documentation provided and an orientation process will be next.


3 Orientation | Part 1

This is an online learning course, quiz-based. The course is an introduction to Australia and the Australian healthcare context, covering topics such as the roles and functions of nurses and midwives within the Australian healthcare setting.


4 Portfolio

Not all streams need to complete this step. At this stage, candidates must provide additional personal and contact information as well as identification and qualification documentation.


5 Examination NCLEX-RN

This is a multiple-choice question-based exam that assesses the candidate’s professional knowledge. This examination is undertaken online at a Pearson VUE test center and many test-takers usually prefer to undertake a preparation course beforehand to minimize errors that will lead to a failed registration.


6Examination OSCE

The Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) is a clinical exam to assess whether candidates demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and competence of a graduate-level nurse or midwife from an Australian NMBA-approved program of study.

The OSCE will simulate a clinical environment and “patient” scenarios which Registered Nurses are likely to encounter when they assess, plan, implement and evaluate care. Nurses are expected to utilize a contemporary evidence base and effectively demonstrate the safe practical application of nursing skills.


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7 Orientation | Part 2

This is the last step of the process. If you have been successful in your examinations, then you are ready to apply for Registration.

The Registration of Nurses and Midwives comprises a six-stage process.


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